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HK people urged to do 3 rapid tests from Friday, as infection tally remains steady

05 April 2022

By The SUN 

People are urged to use the rapid test kits given to them by the government for self-testing

The daily Covid-19 tally rose slightly to 3,254 on Tuesday, an increase of 116 from the previous day.

Of the new cases, 1,658 were confirmed through PCR tests, while 1,596 were reported by people who tested positive on rapid tests.

There were 16 imported cases reported from the PCR tests, involving travelers who flew in from places like the United Kingdom, Thailand, Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Spain and France.


In line with pandemic restrictions, the government has suspended Qatar Airways from operating flights from Doha to Hong Kong, as well as Cathay Pacific flights from Manchester to Hong Kong for a week, after they brought in three or more passengers who tested positive for Covid on arrival tests.

Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection urged everyone to use the rapid test kits given by the government to self-test from Friday until Sunday, to help authorities catch silent carriers and prevent the virus from spreading in the community.

“We want to do it as soon as possible to guide us in coming up with future social distancing measures,” said Au at the daily press briefing on the Covid situation.


He also said that while the infection tally has fallen in recent days, 3, 000 or so cases is still relatively high, indicating that there is still a lot of silent transmission going on in the city.

Au also urged people to avoid social gatherings during the upcoming Easter Holidays to keep the cases down.

Asked about recent studies showing the immense psychological toll wrought by the most severe Covid outbreak on the local population, Au expressed regret.


He said patients and their families can get emotional support from government clinical psychologists through a hotline set up by the CHP.

Meanwhile, Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authorities said there were 87 more people with Covid-19 who passed away, including 81 who died at public hospitals yesterday, and six on previous days.

The new cases took Hong Kong’s Covid-related deaths in the fifth wave to 8,136 and pushed the death rate at 0.7 percent of the more than 1.16 million people who were infected.

As of the latest tally, 9,965 patients were receiving treatment at public hospitals and different government treatment centres.

Among these, 71 are in intensive care, including 12 classified as critical yesterday, while 24 others are in serious condition. 

The number of patients who were discharged as of the cut-off period was 1447.


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